Catrin Profile - (18490967)

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Home Town: Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Living In: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I learned how to cook from my Mom and she's a fantastic cook! I always used to hang out in the kitchen with her when I was a very young child, as I got older she let me do little things for her when preparing dinners. So by a relatively early age I knew how to cook even more advanced dishes. Now my Mom and I are a great team! I hear a lot of good things about my cooking but it means most when compliments come from Mom. She's my cooking icon and I owe everything I know to her. I make pretty much everything from scratch (except maybe the pastry dough - well, did that once, and came to the conclusion that it's for people with too much time) and I really appreciate if others do it too because it makes a huge difference in the taste of food. I must admit that I improvise a lot and seldom end up following the recipe word for word. Cooking is a creative activity and good cooks always have lots of friends. :-)
My favorite things to cook
Pasta of any kind, veal cutlet, Italian antipasti, salmon in vermouth-cream sauce...
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to go home for Christmas and participate in the week-long cooking and preparation marathon. Ragout fin with pastry-shells is an absolute must for Christmas eve just like roasted goose and mousse au chocolat for desert.
My cooking triumphs
Sauce Bernaise, Chicken in taragon-sauce, creme au caramel
My cooking tragedies
I'm not very good at baking...
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Fudge Brownies I
This is a very nice, easy recipe. The brownies turned out moist and gooey just like we love them. However, I am giving this recipe only four stars because I thought they lacked a bit of chocolaty taste (they were also rather caramel colored than brown). I put a coffee/chocolate glaze and cocos on top (1 TB Butter, 2 TB confectioners sugar, 1 TB dark cocoa, 1 TB coffee; heat all in small saucepan and put immediately on hot cake). And then they turned out very good. I will make this recipe again, thanks!

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2007
Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Coffee Cake
We really liked this cake. It's quick to make, moist and keeps fresh for a few days. However, I only give this recipe four stars because the cinnamon swirl "baked out," i.e. the sugar caramelized and became as hard as stone. I guess using confectioners sugar could fix that problem.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2007
Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)
We loved this chicken Makhani. We followed the suggestion of some reviewers to use ground cashews instead of corn starch and added coriander and heavy whipping cream instead of half-and-half. It tasted like in our favorite Indian restaurant.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2007
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